Miner families, Benton Utilities will be turning off water to the city of Bauxite tomorrow afternoon for maintenance and repairs. Bauxite Schools will be dismissing at 1:30 Tuesday, May 16. Buses will be running at 1:30; the early bus will run at 1:00. We apologize for the inconvenience this may cause our families.
Parents, the water was out at the school momentarily, but it has been restored. There was a leak on Gattin Road in Benton that affected Bauxite water. We are going to cover the water fountains out of an abundance of caution, but we have not been notified we are under a boil order. The cafeterias used reserved water in preparing meals, so lunches will not be affected. We wanted to make parents aware, but school is continuing as normal. Have a great day, Miner families!
Good afternoon, parents. Saline County was fortunate Friday afternoon in that we were not impacted by the tornadoes like those in Little Rock and the eastern part of the state. Our thoughts are especially with the community and schools of Wynne as they move forward after devastating destruction. We did find room for improvement after Friday’s severe weather event. First, we need the public to be aware the safe room is open to the public when there is a tornado warning issued for Saline County when school is not in session, but not during school hours. We do not have room to house the public and our students at the same time. Second, we had a lot of parents come to the school during an active tornado warning to check out students. Going forward, when a tornado warning is issued and students are sheltering in place, our offices will immediately close so our staff can shelter along with students. In general, students are safest at school, so please don’t endanger yourself, your student, or our staff by coming to the school during a tornado warning. If you want to check your student out due to severe weather, you need to do so before a tornado warning is issued for our area. Thank you for your cooperation and your trust as we continue to take student safety very seriously at Bauxite Schools.
Miner families, we will be having active shooter drills at all campuses today. These drills have been planned for several weeks with local law enforcement. Normally, we wouldn't announce drills in advance, but with the tragedy in Nashville yesterday, we wanted to alert you to avoid alarm. We won't share the time of the drill in advance, but when we have the drill, it will be announced as a drill. Thank you for trusting us with student safety; we take the responsibility very seriously.
Parents, we will be offering after-school tutoring for grades 3-10 on Mondays and Wednesdays to help students become better prepared for the ACT Aspire test. The sessions will last from 3:15-4:30, and we will have snacks and transportation available. To help us plan for staffing and transportation, please sign your student up at this link by March 17. The specific dates are on the sign-up form. https://forms.gle/cZ5WoXagC7ZkN9Gc6
Preschool registration opens March 6. https://www.dawsonesc.com/o/dawson-esc/page/abc-2023-2024-online-applications
Miners varsity and junior varsity victorious over Mayflower tonight!
Lady Miners varsity and junior varsity victorious over Quitman tonight!
Bauxite Schools will be closed for Presidents Day on Monday, Feb. 20.
Miner families, after checking our bus routes this afternoon, we currently plan to be open Thursday. If we receive precipitation overnight that makes driving dangerous, that would change our plan. We will check bus routes between 4:30 and 5:00 in the morning, and if we make the decision to close, we will send text alerts, post to our social media accounts, as well as alert the news stations. Safety of students and staff remains our top priority.
Bauxite Schools will be closed Wednesday due to inclement weather and hazardous driving conditions. There will not be any AMI work assigned. Enjoy your day, and stay safe and warm!
Bauxite Schools will be closed Tuesday, Jan. 31 due to inclement weather. We will let families know about Wednesday as soon as that decision is made. There will not be any AMI work assigned. Stay safe and enjoy your day off!
Bauxite families, we had a planned lockdown drill earlier today at BMS. BMS teachers were told it was a drill at the time of the drill. The RAVE panic button was also tested at this time. Unfortunately, high school staff also received the alert from the RAVE panic app, but the alert did not indicate that it was a drill. This was an error, and we are actively working to make sure this does not happen again. Safety training occurs to help us be better prepared for actual emergencies, so even though unnecessary alarm was caused, we can learn from this. We would never cause alarm for a drill intentionally. We love our staff and our Miner families. Thank you for your understanding.
Parents, all immunizations or exemptions must be up to date no later than Nov. 1. Students will be unable to attend school and will accrue unexcused absences after Nov. 1 if immunizations or exemptions are not up to date. Beginning next year, students whose immunizations or exemptions are not current will be excluded from school on Oct. 1.
Although the school year has gotten off to a smooth start, Bauxite Schools would like parents and families to know the district is continually striving to improve security at all campuses. The district is increasing the number of armed Commissioned School Security Officers (CSSOs). The CSSO program has been in place since 2018, and this year several additional staff members are joining the program. The district’s School Resource Officer (SRO) Bobby Shell has also been speaking to classes at multiple grade levels to discuss what to do in case of an emergency. Parents and students have been very appreciative of the way he shares his message with each grade level in a non-frightening way. Officer Shell has also ensured lockdown drills are being conducted at all campuses. In addition, efforts are also being made to prevent students from propping open outside doors, and the school board recently approved the purchase of guest access panels to help school staff screen outside visitors before they enter the building. The district is also proud of the See Something, Say Something program, which allows students to anonymously text threats or concerns to staff after hours (text 423-780-1180). All of these efforts, along with other safety measures, are designed to make Bauxite Schools as safe as possible. The safety of our staff and students will continue to remain a top priority of the Bauxite School District. If you have suggestions or concerns about school safety, feel free to email our SRO Bobby Shell at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Parent Teacher Conferences will be Oct. 25 for grades 6-12 and Oct. 27 for grades K-5. Both days are early release for all grade levels at 1:30 p.m. There is no school on Oct. 28.
The federal USDA waiver that allowed school districts to provide meals at no cost to all students has expired. We understand this change may cause a financial impact for many of our families. We encourage everyone to fill out a Free & Reduced Application. The application is available online this year. http://bauxiteminers.org/mealapp
If your student was absent from school due to Covid isolation/quarantine during the 2021-2022 school year and qualified for free/reduced lunch, you are eligible for a $7.10 per day meal benefit by completing the following link: https://bauxiteminers.org/pebt. This benefit only applies to the dates the student was absent due to COVID. The deadline to complete the form is Friday, July 29, 2022. If you have any questions, please contact Ms. Kristy Ammons at 501-557-2238.
Please click the link to read a letter from our child nutrition director regarding potential student meal price increases for the 22-23 SY. https://docs.google.com/document/d/13iGcGyQDtpxmn_psPQ7z1dv80JzZtDYZ/edit?usp=sharing&ouid=109565583504245202361&rtpof=true&sd=true
Parents, while we believe onsite learning is best, we recognize the need for some students to learn remotely. if you would like to apply for virtual learning for the 22-23 school year for your student, please fill out the following form. A student accepted into virtual learning will not be allowed to transfer to onsite learning until January 2023. Applying for virtual learning does not guarantee acceptance. Grades and success with virtual learning in the past will be considered. The deadline for applying is May 1. Notification of the district's decision will occur before the end of the current school year. https://forms.gle/key5SuGkRXf5wAGd8